Red Clydesider accused of racism

ONE of the leaders of the Red Clydeside movement has been accused of racist "rabble rousing" in a controversial new history.

Emanuel "Manny" Shinwell became a national hero for the Scottish left when he helped lead the workers' revolt of 1919 – which only ended when Winston Churchill ordered British tanks into Glasgow's George Square.

However, historian Jacqueline Jenkinson in a new book has unearthed evidence she says shows that Shinwell encouraged mobs to attack black sailors.

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Jenkinson, in Black 1919, also reveals that Shinwell's radical seamen's union, the BSU, banned black members, many of whom had fought for Britain in the recently ended Great War.

She said: "There has been a reluctance to accept that many of the Red Clydesiders promoted actions that were discriminatory and unfair to the black sailors."

Jenkinson's claims sparked a furious response from surviving relatives. His nephew, Sir Adrian Shinwell, a prominent lawyer and former chief executive of the Conservative Party in Scotland, said: "I find this utterly bizarre."

Shinwell went on to become a minister in Clement Attlee's government of 1945 and 1951 and a member of the House of Lords.